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September's Bookseller Picks

Libro.fm offers recommendations from real people: the dedicated indie booksellers working in our 1,500+ partner bookstores! Below, find the audiobooks that booksellers are loving this month.

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Strange Beasts of China

By Yan Ge
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 7 hours 56 minutes

Strange Beasts of China

“I'm haunted by this lovely work of magical realism, set in a fictional city in China where "beasts" intermingle with humanity. The beasts are human-like, only differing from humans in small, but significant, ways. Through a series of episodic stories that seems disjointed at first, but eventually form a cohesive whole, Yan Ge presents us with a novelist narrator who leads the reader through the strange, beautiful city and introduces us to the various beasts who inhabit it. I'm not sure what I was expecting from Strange Beasts of China, but its ethereal prose and unfamiliar beauty made it unlike anything I've ever read before.”

Inklings Bookshop image Emily, Inklings Bookshop
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Yearbook

By Seth Rogen
Narrated by: Seth Rogen & Full Cast
Length: 6 hours 13 minutes

Yearbook

“So funny. I couldn’t stop listening until I had heard all of his anecdotes. Loved it.”

Pixie Hollow image Lisa, Pixie Hollow
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Velvet Was the Night

By Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Narrated by: Gisela Chípe
Length: 9 hours 51 minutes

Velvet Was the Night

“Thoroughly entertaining. Once again, Silvia Moreno-Garcia does a wonderful job capturing the genre she is writing for. The plot, the pacing, the characters are all what they should be for good noir fiction. Add to that, the unique setting of Mexico City post Corpus Christi Massacre and during the Dirty War, and it's also educational! Excellent reading by Gisela Chipe.”

Buttonwood Books and Toys image Kristine, Buttonwood Books and Toys
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A Slow Fire Burning

A Novel

By Paula Hawkins
Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
Length: 9 hours 19 minutes

A Slow Fire Burning

“This is a slow burning novel, as the title suggests. It has lots of unlikeable and unreliable characters, it jumps around a lot, it has at least one bona fide murder and maybe some others that weren’t really accidents. Despite all of this you just must keep listening because the writing is superb, the narration is brilliant, the atmosphere is intoxicating, and it all comes together in a very satisfying manner.”

Fiction Addiction image Nancy, Fiction Addiction
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The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows

Feminine Pursuits

By Olivia Waite
Narrated by: Morag Sims
Length: 9 hours 49 minutes

The Care and Feeding of Waspish Widows

“This was an instant favorite comfort read for me, with its slow-burn friends-to-lovers historical romance between two women in their forties—a printing press owner and a bee-keeper. Olivia Waite ingenuously crafts realistic happily-ever-afters for queer characters in her historical romances - even with marriage off the table, her characters find a way to make meaningful commitments to each other.”

Phoenix Books image Miriasha, Phoenix Books
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Sparks Like Stars

A Novel

By Nadia Hashimi
Narrated by: Mozhan Marno
Length: 12 hours 2 minutes

An Afghan American woman returns to Kabul to learn the truth about her family and the tragedy that destroyed their lives in this brilliant and compelling novel from the bestselling author of The Pearl That Broke Its Shell, The House Without Windows, and When the Moon Is Low.

Kabul, 1978: The daughter of a prominent family, Sitara Zamani lives a...

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The Reading List

A Novel

By Sara Nisha Adams
Narrated by: Tara Divina, Sagar Arya & Paul Panting
Length: 12 hours 47 minutes

The Reading List

“A beautifully written novel about people connected by a local library and an amazing reading list. As the characters’ lives are revealed through interweaving storylines, readers will root for them, cry for them, and celebrate their victories.”

Lisa Driban image Lisa Driban, Hockessin Book Shelf
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It Happened One Summer

A Novel

By Tessa Bailey
Narrated by: Charlotte North
Length: 10 hours 48 minutes

It Happened One Summer

“This story opened its broad arms and admitted me into the recharging station that I needed so badly in 2021. It was cute. It was sweet. It was heart-wrenching. It was steamy. It was everything!”

Stephanie Arrache image Stephanie Arrache, Waterwheel Gifts and Books
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London's Number One Dog-Walking Agency

A Memoir

By Kate MacDougall
Narrated by: Anna Popplewell
Length: 9 hours 22 minutes

London's Number One Dog-Walking Agency

“In a time when we could all use a feel-good book, I’m so happy I got my hands on this heartwarming memoir! London’s Number One Dog-Walking Agency is about the difficulties of navigating your 20s. From trying to find a way out of her lackluster job to her mother constantly nagging her about sticking to society’s life “timeline” Kate covers the beginning of adulthood in a very relatable way. She quits her job and starts her own small business, a dog-walking agency in London. Each chapter follows a specific client of hers and she writes about dogs and their quirky owners with such detail I can picture them completely in my head. I found characteristics of my own dog in each profile and was able to relate to the owners who deal with both the perks and the hard realities of having a pet. I recommend this charming memoir to everyone, but especially those who love dogs! ”

The Snail on the Wall image Abigail, The Snail on the Wall
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Six Crimson Cranes

Six Crimson Cranes: Book #1

By Elizabeth Lim
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 12 hours 53 minutes

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A princess in exile, a shapeshifting dragon, six enchanted cranes, and an unspeakable curse... Drawing from fairy tales and East Asian folklore, this original fantasy from the author of Spin the Dawn is perfect for fans of Shadow and Bone.

"A dazzling fairytale full of breathtaking storytelling." --Stephanie Garber,... Read more »

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Build Your House Around My Body

A Novel

By Violet Kupersmith
Narrated by: Quyen Ngo
Length: 15 hours 23 minutes

Part puzzle, part revenge tale, part ghost story, this ingenious novel spins half a century of Vietnamese history and folklore into “a thrilling read, acrobatic and filled with verve” (The New York Times).
 
LONGLISTED FOR THE CENTER FOR FICTION’S FIRST NOVEL PRIZE • “Fiction as daring and accomplished as Violet Kupersmith’s first novel...
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Ace

What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex

By Angela Chen
Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
Length: 7 hours 43 minutes

Ace

“This book is an eye-opening collection of personal testimonies, research, and history about asexuality, and to a lesser extent, aromanticism. Whether you are new to learning about asexuality or are asexual yourself, by the end of the book you will have a richer and multifaceted understanding of ace identity and experience.”

Phoenix Books image Miriasha, Phoenix Books
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A Master of Djinn

Dead Djinn Universe: Book #1

By P. Djèlí Clark
Narrated by: Suehyla El-Attar
Length: 15 hours 37 minutes

A Master of Djinn

“Fatma el-Sha’arawi is one of the most talented agents in Ciaro’s Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities. Though it is 1912, she has worked her way up the male-dominated agency with a combination of raw magical talent, wit, and force of will. When a room of men burnt to a crisp with no sign of fire shows up, Fatma is put on the case. As she digs deeper and deeper, she is thrown into a world of old religion, angels, djinn, and a mysterious masked figure claiming to be an ancient mystic. This is an excellent steampunk who-done-it. I was fully onboard through all the twists and turns this story took. A Master of Djinn is an excellent book for this summer.”

Off the Beaten Path image Izzy, Off the Beaten Path
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Into the Forest

A Holocaust Story of Survival, Triumph, and Love

By Rebecca Frankel
Narrated by: Natalie Pela
Length: 11 hours 13 minutes

Into the Forest

“Confession: I was wary at first about another Holocaust survival story. And then I read the prologue, and couldn't put the book down. From the first pages, Rebecca Frankel had me feeling like a child listening, rapt, to the stories the women in my family would recount about the past. The immediacy and intimacy of the narrative swept me away and I lost track of my physical location, only half aware that I was sitting on my couch instead of hiding in fear for my life. Frankel is gentle, but unflinching, as she relates the events experienced by the Rabinowitz family. While Into the Forest is one tale of Holocaust survival among many such tales, it stands out not only for Frankel's storytelling acumen, but also as a reminder that one kindness can echo into the future in astounding and unpredictable ways.”

BookPeople image Christine, BookPeople
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The Witch King

The Witch King Duology: Book #1

By H.E. Edgmon
Narrated by: Dani Martineck
Length: 12 hours 1 minutes

The Witch King

“Where has this feral, hurt, angry, loving disaster of a gay trans witch been my whole life? I felt so at home within the pages of this book, and I know other queer & trans readers will feel the same way—this is the fantasy I wish I had in high school and my current favorite book to handsell.”

Phoenix Books image Miriasha, Phoenix Books
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It Ends in Fire

By Andrew Shvarts
Narrated by: Dara Rosenberg
Length: 11 hours 57 minutes

A James Patterson Presents novel
Alka Chelrazi is on a mission:
1. Infiltrate Blackwater Academy
2. Win the Great Game
3. Burn Wizard society to the ground
As a child, Alka witnessed her parents' brutal murder at the hands of Wizards before she was taken in by an underground rebel group.

Now, Alka is deep under cover at the most prestigious... Read more »

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Mrs. March

By Virginia Feito
Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
Length: 8 hours 27 minutes

Mrs. March

“Virginia Feito has effortlessly updated the comedy of manners in this darkly funny mystery. This book will haunt you until you reach the breathtaking conclusion, and you’ll remember Mrs. March for a long time to come.”

Boulder Book Store image Olivia Edmunds-Diez, Boulder Book Store
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Damnation Spring

By Ash Davidson
Narrated by: CJ Wilson, Rebecca Lowman, Mark Sanderlin & Candace Thaxton
Length: 15 hours 38 minutes

Damnation Spring

“With this debut set in a Pacific Northwest logging town, Ash Davidson has immediately established herself as a true writer of the American experience, in all its potential for self-destruction and beauty.”

Odyssey Bookshop image Josh Popkin, Odyssey Bookshop
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